This chapter was a little anticlimactic with Kakashi avoiding Zabuza’s attack, but it was pretty clear in my mind that it was the nostalgia effect Kishimoto was going for. Their fight was concluded quickly shortly after, and surprisingly, in exactly the same way that Kakashi had originally planned. For those who believed there was some universal law of anime that says a plan won’t work when it’s described in detail, this outcome clearly goes against that presumption. From the shadowing binding to the cloth wrapping, things not only went accordingly, but also revealed one of likely several sealing techniques that can counter the overpowered Edo Tensei.
The flashbacks were a nice touch, though they didn’t have nearly as much of an emotional impact as I thought they would. The way those scenes were interleaved into this chapter does make me feel it’ll have more of an impact in the anime adaptation, provided that they aren’t dragged out too long and have the proper music playing in the background. What was more surprising was seeing Kakashi get riled up by the technique that pits ninjas against both their deceased loved ones and respected enemies. It was very unlike him to lose his cool, so it’ll be interesting to see if he has any choice words for Kabuto later on should they meet. It looks like Naruto’s emotional side has finally rubbed off on him.
Other than that, it doesn’t look like the battle with the other Swordsmen are going to be depicted in too much detail now that Zabuza’s Hidden Mist technique has been dispersed. I can’t say I’d be disappointed if that were the case, since there’s so much else going on, such as the resurrected second Tsuchikage crossing paths with the current Kazekage. From my perspective, that willl be in an interesting match-up simply because Gaara’s the supreme commander of the ninja alliance’s forces, and how well his division holds up against the wave of Zetsu clones will have a big say on the status of the overall war. That’s even before taking into consideration that it’ll be a Kage-level fight, which should have the whole crowd oohing and aahing. Mmm, Kage-level fight.